To Horace Mann
the King, and next to him the Earl of Orford.' It remains in suspense.
The troops continue going to Flanders, but slowly enough. Lady Vane has taken a trip thither after a cousin8 of Lord Berkeley, who is as simple about her as her own husband is, and has written to Mr. Knight9 at Paris to furnish her with what money she wants. He says she is vastly to blame; for he was trying to get her a divorce from Lord Vane, and then would have married her himself. Her adventures10 are worthy to be bound up with those of my good sister-in-law, the German Princess u, and Moll Flanders.
Whom should I meet in the Park last night but Ceretesi! He told me he was at a Bagne. I will find out his bagnio ; for though I was not much acquainted with him, yet the obligations I had to Florence make me eager to show any Florentine all the civilities in my power; though I do not love them near so well, since what you have told me of their late behaviour; notwithstanding your letter of June 20th, which I have just received. I perceive that simple-hearted, good, unmeaning Rucellai is of the number of the false, though you do not directly say so.
I was excessively diverted with your pompous account of the siege of Lucca by a single Englishman12. I do believe that you and the Chutes might put a certain city into as great a panic. Adieu!
8 Henry Berkeley, killed the next year at the battle of Dettingen. Walpole.
9 Probably Bobert Knight, formerly cashier of the South Sea Company.
10 Lady Vane's Memoirs, dictated by herself, were actually published afterwards in a book, called The Ad-ventua-es of Peregrine Pickle-, and she makes mention of Lady Orford. Walpole.
11 Mary Carleton, an impostor,
hanged for theft in the reign of Charles LT.
12 ' For this last week I have had complaints made to me which were brought by an express, of an Englishman, one Wright's design to storm the Town and Eepublick of Lucca; which, horrid design was manifested by his obstinate refusal to deliver a couple of Pistols to the Guards at the Q-ate.' (Mann and Manners, vol. i. p. 72.)